The FDA warns that people who have undergone surgical repair for either pelvic organ prolapsed (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI). These are the people who may be the victims of the surgical mesh that is usually used in surgical treatments for POP and SUI.
The surgical mesh is used to repair weakened or damaged tissue in urogynecologic surgical procedures and is permanently placed. It is placed to repair POP or to support the urethra in treating SUI. However, there is an FDA warning regarding this product and attorneys are also investigating the problems the surgical mesh may be causing.
Serious complications associated with surgical mesh for transvaginal repair of POP are not rare. It is not clear that transvaginal POP repair with mesh is more effective than traditional non-mesh repair in all patients with POP and it may expose patients to a greater risk.
This mesh may cause woman future surgeries in order to treat these complications. The manufacturer, however, still believe that the surgical product is still beneficial and safe for patients. Yet recent studies prove the opposite. In fact, a recent clinical study was shut down because of the seriousness and frequency of the mesh’s side effects.
Warning Signs to Look For According to the FDA
Erosion of mesh through the vagina is the most common and consistently reported mesh-related complication from transvaginal POP surgeries, which can require multiple surgeries to repair and can be debilitating for some women.
If you have undergone POP treatments, specific symptoms to look for include infection, pain, bleeding, sexual discomfort, urinary problems, and organ perforation.
The biggest concern: surgery may not be able to fix the problems the mesh causes. If you have any of the above symptoms, contact a doctor immediately.
If you believe you have been the victim of medical malpractice or medical negligence, contact Seattle attorney Chris Davis for a free consultation. Call Davis Law Group at (206) 727-4000.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is professional negligence by act or omission by a health care provider (doctor, nurse, anesthesiologist, plastic surgeon, pharmacist, medical technician, etc.) in which care provided deviates from accepted standards of practice in the medical community and causes injury or death to the patient. It is the failure of a medical professional or a medical facility to provide a minimum standard of care in the areas in which the medical professional or medical facility specializes.